If We Were Having Coffee: Movies, Balance, and Weathering Storms

If we were having coffee, we’d be piled on my couch watching Moana. I’ve managed not to see it yet, and since Disney is apparently pulling their movies from Netflix soon, I figure I’ll catch it while I can. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. Next up (at some point in the near future) are The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon. I really do have an affinity for kids’ movies. It’s something I picked up from my mom, and since I spent so many years in school analyzing kids’ books and media, I still very much enjoy reading and watching them.

It’s a shame I can’t manage my child to sit down and watch them. 😂 He would rather watching a superhero movie, and I have a bit of superhero fatigue lately. So many of the movies are overlong and overwrought, and there are just so many of them! I remember enjoying the older Superman movies when I was young and even quite a few of the Batman films. I also quite enjoyed the Christopher Nolan trilogy in the early 2000s, but the earlier Marvel films didn’t appeal to me quite as much. These days I’m feeling much the same about both Marvel and DC, with perhaps the exception of Deadpool, and I’m holding out home for Wonder Woman, since I didn’t get to see the first film when it was in theaters but heard a lot of good things.

We have managed to watch a few really good movies together lately, though. We’ve been going to the Ghibli Fest movies throughout most of the year–My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service so far, and we plan to see Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle this fall. We’ve seen both of those before, but it’ll be really cool to see them on the big screen. We also watched Kubo and the Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets here at home, both of which were wonderfully weird. I didn’t love the new Ghostbusters (although I really wanted to, y’all!), but the kiddo quite liked it.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m working on balance this weekend. I’m working to balance writing time with the work week, which has suddenly gotten longer and more taxing. I’m enjoying being full-time, and I’m going to get to contribute to some things that I wasn’t able to as an adjunct instructor, but I’m there quite a lot more than I was before, obviously. I’m starting to settle in, but some days I come home incredibly exhausted. As an introvert who has a lot of social anxiety, teaching is a demanding job. One night this week I went to sleep around 8:00, before we’d even read bedtime stories. (Yes, we still read aloud even though Little Jedi is 8!)

But I’ve got a lot of ideas for pieces that I want to write, and I used to manage to make more time for writing. I’ve just got to figure out a new system since the hours I’m keeping are different these days.

I’m trying to decide how I’m going to revamp this little blog, too. I still have my parttimemonster.com blog space, and I’m contemplating a way to use both sites, possibly making this one specifically a weekend coffee share site and the other a pop culture and sociopolitical space. I’ve missed flexing my writing muscles, but these days the coffee share seems like a totally separate kind of post. It’s going to take me some time to puzzle through this and make changes if I decide to.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you that our house was struck by lightning last week–there was a big set of thunderstorms that worked their way through, and lightning struck the chimney of our house. I wasn’t home, but Sam and the pup were both here–Sam says it felt like a big baseball bat hit the house. We were quite lucky, as only our router was destroyed (and the cable company was responsible for that) and the TV in our bedroom was shorted out. We knew we couldn’t replace it immediately–it’s pretty low on the list of priorities, honestly–but our neighbor just got a new one, and she was kind enough to offer us her old one. Sometimes blessings come when you least expect them.

This weekend we’re just waiting and watching. We’re in a part of New Orleans that isn’t prone to flooding, but much of the city has already had problems with flooding in the last few weeks. I’ve been watching the brunt of the storm start to hit Texas (and gosh, what a storm–stay safe people, and let us know how we can help), and we’re prepared for any effects that we start to feel over the next few days.


And what about you? What might you say if we were having coffee? Drop your link here, and we’ll all stop by for coffee with you!

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  1. says

    I have seen a few good movies lately too..They can be a great escape. Thanks for continuing to host the coffee party. I have two blogs myself, one not so active lately. I know what you mean. Good luck with the storm, looks like it targeted Texas more than y’all. Thanks for coffee, Diana,


  2. says

    My daughter and I went to see Pets in the theater on her 12th birthday. It’s a good one! Both of my kids liked the original Pete’s Dragon, and watched it a lot when younger (now they’re 13 and 16 in less than a week!)

    I hope you stay safe, and find some balance!


  3. says

    I’m with you on being over super hero movies and liking kids movies. We had recorded a wonderful film but my nephews just refused to watch it because it didn’t have the obligatory super hero. The Great Gilly Hopkins was the name of the film and I loved it. Hope the storm didn’t cause you any problems. Good luck with your reorganisation of your time and blog.


  4. says

    I love animated movies, they sometimes make more sense than watching movies for the grown ups lol…Moana is hilarious… The Rock Killed it!!! I have been walking around humming that song you are welcome

    “I see whats happening here, you face to face with greatness…”



  5. says

    Hope you can stay dry and safe! I decided to go to my mom’s to ride out the storm, and apparently it was a wise decision. When I wrote my Coffee Share post, it looked like everyone was exaggerating how bad it would be in Houston (where I live). People were at the park and going to the lake. Things have gotten considerably worse. I just got word that they’ve shut down the school where I work until September 5th…


  6. says

    I am so glad I don’t have to watch kid movies anymore. Although my favorite was “Iron Giant” which I would watch by myself, even now.
    Was down in New Orleans about 2 weeks ago, and it struck my how soggy everything was. The humidity was unbearable, after having lived in California for so many years, humidity over 25% is way too muggy. Stay safe…and dry!!!


  7. says

    I haven’t seen Moana yet either. I didn’t realize that Netflix was splitting with Disney, so I’ll make a point of watching it, and any others I may have managed to miss. Glad to hear you are all weathering the storms and that no one was hurt in the lightning strike.

    P.S. I thought Kubo and the Two strings was actually pretty amazing.



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